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Egg-Eating Snake

The Egg-eating Snake is truly a remarkable creature.

Some snakes eat birds’ eggs and other animals which are much wider than their own bodies. They can do this because their jaws are not rigidly fixed together, but are instead connected by ligaments which can stretch, allowing the snake to force its mouth over it’s of prey.

Snakes do not dislocate their jaws, that is an urban myth.

A snake’s stomach can also stretch enormously, allowing the prey to be 180px-eierschlange_frisst_zwergwachteleiswallowed whole. A snake which has just eaten a big meal looks very strange indeed. Its head and neck are the normal size, then there is a huge bulge where the unlucky prey is located, before the body tapers to its usual size towards the tail.

Snakes that swallow eggs whole have a unique way of breaking them open once they are inside their bodies. They have special bones in their throats which they squeeze against the egg until it breaks and then they manage to spit out the crumpled eggshell before any pieces slip down into their stomach.

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Guess What’s for Dinner…

WARNING!  Do not watch this video if you are squeamish or don’t want to watch a mouse get attacked and eaten by a corn snake.

Meet Slytherin, my Corn Snake.  Slytherin is about 2 years old and roughly 2 1/2 feet long.  A fully grown corn snake (also known as the red rat snake) will grow between 3 and 4 feet in length, typically never getting much thicker than a garden hose.
 
As far as snakes go, corn snakes are an easy pet to take care of due to their calm nature.  Corn snakes are very low maintenance.  Feeding time comes only once a week, and if your not the kind of person who enjoys watching your snake catch and swallow a  live mouse, then you can always buy frozen feeder mice from your local pet store.  All you do is soak one of the frozen mice in a container of warm water for about 20 minutes, dry off the excess water and feed it to your snake.

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